There is some big news floating around baseball today about certain outfielder in baseball.
Justin Upton? Nah. While it is true he is reportedly heading to the Atlanta Braves with Chris Johnson for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, and Zeke Spruill, I’m talking about another certain outfielder on the market. (For what it’s worth, Baseblog heard from a source two weeks ago that the Arizona Diamondbacks were shipping Upton to the Braves, but the package was slightly different: Martin Prado, Sean Gilmartin, Evan Gattis, and possibly others.)
Back to business – no, the big news today is none other than Nyjer Morgan. Mr. “T-Plush.”
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the erratic outfielder will earn $1.6 million to play for the Yokohoma BayStars in Japan. He takes a pay cut from his 2012 salary of $2.35 million, but will actually be able to play baseball, something I doubt anyone stateside would let him do.
If you haven’t guessed, I’m not a fan of T-Plush at all. It was a good buy-low move in 2011 by Milwaukee Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin to pick him up, I’ll admit that. He had a nice 2011 but a garbage 2012. Watching highlights of his confrontations and antics while with the Washington Nationals was not pleasing. As was watching his antics in Milwaukee for the last two years.
Nyjer did have one of the biggest hits from a Brewer in recent memory – that Game 5 walkoff hit in the 10th to put the Crew in the 2011 NLCS. Why oh why couldn’t Carlos Gomez just have stolen all the bases to give them the lead instead of giving Nyjer this glory?
Either way, Nyjer is heading to Japan and is out of American baseball. It is a good day for us Nyjer dislikers, boys and girls.
Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.